Thai PM calls for talks to defuse mounting political tensions

Thai PM calls for talks to defuse mounting political tensions

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday called on anti-government demonstrators to cease their protests and hold dialogue to avert street confrontations.

In a televised address a few hours after easily winning a confidence vote in parliament, Yingluck said the rallies were hurting the economy and urged her opponents to agree to join a panel to find a way out.

"The government doesn't want to enter into any political games because we believe it will cause the economy to deteriate," Yingluck said.

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